Student Life News

Witnesses Needed for Trial Competition!

We need a minimum of thirty more witnesses for Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the Region 7 National Trial Competition on Friday, February 18 and Saturday, February 19.  Can you help?

If you volunteer to be a witness, you will have a copy of your deposition emailed to you in advance.  The preparation to play the witness during the competition should not take longer than 1 hour.  You must simply review your deposition (4 to 9 pages, depending on the witness) and know the facts in your deposition.

If you can help, please complete the sign-up sheet attached.  If you have questions, please ask Brian Bennett or Kimberly Ballard.

The deadline to sign up to participate is FRIDAY, FEB 4.  This opportunity is open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

*NOTE:  If you volunteer to play a witness role at the competition, you cannot also volunteer as a witness during the Law School's team practices before the competition.

 

Mandatory Bar Program for Students Graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012

On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.  The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all students graduating at the times noted (primarily this is 2Ls).  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean, kathybean@louisville.edu, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Questions?  Please email Kimberly Ballard at kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu.

Black History Month Celebration

The LBA invites you to celebrate Black History Month at the Bar Center on Thursday, February 24.  This year's celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a screening of the film "Uncommon Vision: The Life and Times of John Howard Griffin," followed by a Q&A session with critically acclaimed filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson.

The celebration continues at 5 p.m. with a reception and awards ceremony honoring the winners of Central High School's Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Essay Contest and presentation of the LBA Diversity Scholarship and Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Trailblazer Award.

Both the program and reception are free and open to the public. Click here for more information or contact Marisa Motley by calling (502) 583-5314 or email mmotley@loubar.org
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Public Service Opportunity - More Witnesses Needed Feb 18 and Feb 19

Do you need to satisfy your law school public service hours?   Are you interested in mock trial and want to observe some of the best student trial advocates in our region?  Do you want to apply to be a member of the Moot Court Board?  If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, please sign up to be a witness for the Region 7 National Trial Competition on Friday, February 18 and/or Saturday, February 19. 

If you volunteer to be a witness, you will have a copy of your deposition emailed to you in advance.  The preparation to play the witness during the competition should not take longer than 1 hour.  You must simply review your deposition (4 to 9 pages, depending on the witness) and know the facts in your deposition.

We need witnesses for the first three rounds of the competition.  See sign-up sheet attached.  If you have questions, please ask Brian Bennett or Kimberly Ballard.

The deadline to sign up to participate is FRIDAY, FEB 4.  This opportunity is open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

*NOTE:  If you volunteer to play a witness role at the competition, you cannot also volunteer as a witness during the Law School's team practices before the competition.

 

Mandatory Bar Program for Students Graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012

On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.  The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all students graduating at the times noted (primarily this is 2Ls).  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean, kathybean@louisville.edu, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Please contact Dean Bean if you have questions.

 

Respecting our Community and our Student Organizations

A message from Deans Arnold and Bean:  Recently, several Lambda Law Caucus meeting signs were removed prior to the organization’s meeting date.  The law school administration requests that all students, staff, and faculty respect the members of our law school community, including our organizations.  Active student organizations enrich the law school and the educational, intellectual and social experiences of our students, staff, and faculty.  To this end, student organizations are permitted and encouraged to post signs in traditional posting areas, to provide information about their meetings and programs.  Please support our student organizations and let us know if you witness any behavior calculated to interfere with an organization’s postings, whether by a member of the law school community or by anyone else.

 

Money Found!

Some money was found in the green parking lot.  If this is yours, please email Kimberly Ballard, kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu, and provide information about how much was lost, denomination, and location.

Kentucky Bar Exam Program - Recording Available

Reminder:  If you missed the January 11 Kentucky Bar Program, the recording is available at
http://media.law.louisville.edu/B0DCEC05-CA83-4571-8191-EB2D2CD99958/.  This link will be active for one more week.  Students taking the bar exam in July 2011, or February 2012, should view the program.  Questions?  Please contact Kimberly Ballard, at kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu.

Kentucky Bar Program - Recording Available

If you missed the Kentucky Bar Program on Tuesday, the recording is available at
http://media.law.louisville.edu/B0DCEC05-CA83-4571-8191-EB2D2CD99958/.  This link will be active for two weeks.  Students taking the bar exam in July 2011, or February 2012, should view the program.  Questions?  Please contact Kimberly Ballard, at kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu.

National Trial Volunteer Witness Information

If you were unable to attend the information session on Wednesday, but are still interested in volunteering for the National Trial Competition as a witness, forms are available outside the Moot Court Board Office (across from the Washer Lounge). 

Students planning to volunteer must see Jina Scinta in Office 180 before February 15, to complete any necessary paperwork in order to receive public service credit.

Questions?  Please email Brian Bennett.  bmbenn02@louisville.edu